World’s oldest cat dies AGED 31 as heartbroken owner, 52, who was given him as a kitten for her 20th birthday pays tribute to her beloved Rubble

The ‘world’s oldest rainbow cat has died at the age of 31 as his heartbroken owner, 52, who was given him as a kitten for her 20th birthday pays tribute to her beloved Rubble.-

Michele Heritage, 52, got Rubble as a kitten on her 20th birthday and they have been inseparable ever since…

Rubble, a fluffy Maine Coon became the oldest feline in the world after reaching 31 years old – the equivalent of almost 150 in human years – in May last year.

The geriatric moggy had no specific health issues but passed away from old age, becoming very thin, and went across the road ‘but never came back’, said his owner.

Michele got Rubble as a kitten for her 20th birthday, in May 1988 and they have been together ever since.

But Michele, from Exeter, has revealed that sadly he died before turning 32.

She puts his incredible longevity down to the fact she never had her children and pampered him like her child…

Rubble beat Scooter’s record, a 30-year old Siamese Texas cat who died in 2016. The fluffy moggy died just before reaching 32
She said: ‘He would have been 32 in May so it was such an achievement. He was an amazing companion that I had the pleasure to live with for such a long time.

‘I got him just before my 20th birthday when he was a kitten.’

Rubble beat the oldest living rainbow cat record of Scooter, a Siamese Texas, who was named as a record-breaker at the age of 30 by the Guinness Book of World Records before he died in 2016.

The oldest rainbow cat of all time according to the record books is Creme Puff who was born on August 3, 1967, and lived until August 6, 2005 – an amazing 38 years and three days.

Michele added: ‘We never went down the route of Guinness Book of Records. I didn’t want to do that given his age. The record wasn’t of interest to us…

‘He grew old very quickly towards the end, I said to my husband at Christmas that I think it would be last we spend with Rubble. He had started to stop eating and only drank water.

I went to work as usual and when I got home my husband said Rubble had gone over the road as he did every day and never came back, so we believe he went off to die as cats do.

‘He was a creature of habit, had his favorite places to sleep, and liked his food so when that stopped happening, we knew.’

Michele said she remembers the exact moment that she first met Rubble and claims to be 100 percent certain of the dates – because it was her 20th birthday…

How to take care of an old cat

On average, cats live longer than dogs. With good medical care, an active lifestyle, cooperating genes, and a little luck, a rainbow cat can live for more than twenty years.

However, you can’t ignore that your cat’s body will change over the years. Important functions of the body, which seem self-evident, can begin to slow down or malfunction.

As in humans, the senses eventually deteriorate, including sight, hearing, taste, and smell. Appetite may decrease and very old cats often become thinner, with prominent shoulders and spine. Talk to your vet if you are concerned.

On the other hand, older cats inevitably become more susceptible to disease. Kidney disease, often detected by increased thirst, is common in older cats, as is hyperthyroidism, an oversecretion of the thyroid hormone.

You may also notice a slight change in your cat’s behavior. Memory loss, disorientation, and doing your needs outside the litter are signs of age.

You may also notice that your pet sulks your knees and does not try too much to be petted, or walks around the house meowing heavily for no apparent reason. Try to reassure your cat but consult your veterinarian if you are worried.

However, with a good dose of love and attention, you can help your companion to age with serenity and dignity.

Appropriate medical care:

regular check-ups are a must for older cats. In addition to annual tests and vaccinations, discuss with your veterinarian special geriatric screenings: blood chemistry (for kidney and thyroid function), urine and cardiac tests, and weight and physical monitoring. Don’t forget vaccinations because your cat’s immune system would be less resistant. Also, try to note all the warning signs and report them to your vet.

Staying active:

As obesity and arthritis are two of the most common problems in older cats, it is important to have them exercise regularly.

A daily routine:

following the same routine is fundamental to your cat’s physical, mental, and emotional health as it reassures his comfort and provides a reassuring environment.

Healthy skin and coat:

As part of this routine, you can schedule an extra grooming session each week. Your cat may be less flexible and grooming stimulates and massages stiff joints.

Healthy teeth and gums:

the veterinarian must regularly provide dental care to your pet as older cats are more vulnerable to gum disease and tartar build-up. You should also check your cat’s teeth and gums regularly at home.

18 thoughts on “World’s oldest cat dies AGED 31 as heartbroken owner, 52, who was given him as a kitten for her 20th birthday pays tribute to her beloved Rubble”

  1. Francisco j Estrada

    Iam so very sorry for your loss
    Words are never enough to comfort the loss of a loved one
    Only you know the pain
    And for that iam sorry
    But rest assured
    You’ll meet again

  2. Those eyes!! OMG….
    Losing a loved animal can be the hardest thing to deal with.
    After like 10yrs, I’m looking into getting another cat.
    Harley was 13yrs old. Had to put him to sleep due to kidney failure.

  3. Rubble!!!!
    Your name will be sung across the skies, and may you conquer all the stars,
    And may nobody catch you ,in space catnip bars!

  4. He is a beautiful cat. I have two cats 8 years. My prayers are with you at this time of your loss. They do become our children. My sisters cat lived to be 20yrs, he was sick for a while, then one day he did what you’re fur baby did, just left the yard and never came back I have been told that this is what they do. Bless your family, I know he had a wonderful life 🌈🌈

  5. I’m sorry for your mourning.but…you just let Rubble go over the road and not come back?that’s not very fitting for a furchild you’ve had 31 years.i would hope you found him & had him cremated,at least.

  6. I’m sorry for you loss its the hardest thing to go through. I lost three in one day. It was really hard for me. Rest In Peace Rubble💖

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